Aurora model kits from the 60's via The Cartoonist
Aurora model kits from the 60's via The Cartoonist
Jef Raskin, the human-computer interface expert largely credited with beginning the Macintosh project for Apple Computer, died Saturday at age 61.
Raskin, the author of The Humane Interface, died of cancer, according to a man who answered the telephone Sunday at Raskin's Pacifica, Calif., home.
Raskin, who named the Macintosh after his favorite fruit, joined Apple in January 1978 as employee No. 31. The Macintosh was launched in 1984, but Raskin left Apple in 1982 amid a well-documented dispute with Steve Jobs.
Reskin was an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and a visiting scholar at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the 1970s when he first visited Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). (Apple is often accused of copying Xerox's graphical user interface--GUI--into the Macintosh operating system).
"When PARC was in its first few years I was often a visiting academic there, taking part in discussions and viewing with delight some of the developments going on there; I trust that people there also took pleasure in finding in me someone who was already on much the same user-interface wavelength," Raskin later wrote. "I didn't have to be sold on the idea that UI and graphics were of primary importance to the future of computing."
Raskin said he told Jobs and Steve Wozniak about what he had seen at Xerox the first time he met them in their garage in 1976, and that he stopped visiting Xerox when he went to work for Apple "to avoid any possible conflicts of interest." Raskin reportedly left Apple after Jobs increasingly muscled in on the Macintosh project.
It's been two weeks now that I've had my blackberry. I totally forgot that I can post to the weblog from an email, including my blackberry. Cool.
A man who once donned a cape and then committed suicide...an actor who some say has commited career suicide many times...what do they have in common? According to Variety...plenty. Ben Affleck has just been cast a George Reeves in TRUTH JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY, a biopic about the troubled Reeves, who starred at Superman in the '50s TV serial and then took his own life in 1959. Diane Lane will play a married woman who may have been involved with Reeves, and Adrian Brody will play a gumshoe who investigates the death. Allen Coulter directs from a script by...
Happy 50th Birthday to Michael J Murnin. (Who lives at 2344 NE 48th Ave and phone number is 282-2104) Tape record! Tape Record! Movie Camera! Movie Camera! Hey now Mister, take that dog for a walk or you're gonna be grounded. Hey- I know, let's put on a spook house and charge 25 cents! Sure, we're neat - we went to Fred Meyer's SIX TIMES in one day! Six times! Yeah, we were hip, getting the latest mean, Tiger Beat. Cool! Hipsters! Leon Drews with the pencil thin moustache, waiting for John Brimhall Easy Music books. Hunters - get the latest 45 and that KISN Good Guy Survey. Gotta have it. But you gotta know the territory... you gotta know the territory...
The website reads: The cremated remains of over 5,000 patients unclaimed by their families sit on shelves in an abandoned building on the grounds of the Oregon State Hospital. They symbolize the loneliness, isolation, shame and despair too many patients of the hospital experienced.
Someone was cleaning out an old insane asylum and found the cremated remains of over 5,000 people tucked away in a closet. Here are some former patients of the hospital who are trying to tidy up this huge PR mess. Over the next few months we will hold listening sessions with former and current patients of the hospital, their chosen friends and family members, caregivers and neighbors, to begin to design and site the memorial. The dates and locations of these sessions will be posted on their web site—you can attend and make your voice heard. VIEW WEBSITE
Hunter S Thompson, the American counterculture writer, has been found dead at his home in Colorado. Thompson's son, Juan, found his body. He said the 67-year-old shot himself. "We do have confirmation that Hunter Thompson was found dead this evening of an apparent self-inflicted wound," said Tricia Louthis, spokeswoman for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.
King Tractor Press has started work on “Family Bones” and “Innocent” comic books. “Family Bones” is based on the true life story of the Ray and Faye Copeland serial killings. “Innocent” centers on a pair of friends, who execute God’s will with a killer’s hand.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2005 -- Both comics were based on film screenplays written by Shawn Granger. His past credits include CNN Headline News, FOX, ESPN, and freelance for various publications. Shawn’s great grandmother is the sister of Ray Copeland and most of the “Family Bones” script is based on his experiences.
“I have a deep love of rural America” Shawn said, “It’s a story about growing up in spite of tough barriers, some of them quite deadly. I know my family is a little nervous about “Family Bones” finally coming out. I’m hoping that people will understand that it’s not glorifying serial killing, but showing how a person can live through horrors but still grow beyond their circumstances.”
“Innocent” is a story that Shawn has been working on for over ten years. “In college I was fascinated by missing pieces of the Bible” Shawn said, “There’s all this story of God’s early children who still roam the earth. In fact, since the Old Testament was created many people have believed that they still live among us. Only in recent times it seems we've forgotten about them. The best action films of today can’t compare to what lays hidden in those texts.”
“Family Bones” and “Innocent” are slated to come out late summer/early fall. Currently King Tractor Press is negotiating with artists to render the comic books as well as acquiring other properties for film and print. It’s the publishing arm of King Tractor Films, www.kingtractorfilms.com.
Sandra Dee, the actress who became an icon for a generation of teenagers in the late 1950's and early 1960's, died today at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her family said she was 63.
The cause was complications from kidney disease, said Steve Blauner, a friend of the family.
Ms. Dee, a model-turned-actress, often portrayed the girl next door on the brink of womanhood, in such films as "Gidget," "Imitation of Life" and "Tammy."
In 1997, when Ms. Dee and Troy Donahue attended a screening of their 1959 movie "A Summer Place," the writer Olivia Goldsmith introduced them, saying, "They were Doris Day and Rock Hudson with juice."
Born Alexandra Douvan in Bayonne, N.J., she worked as a model in New York. "I used to sign vouchers and sign-out sheets with 'Alexandra D.,' " she said in a 1967 interview. "Somehow it stuck, and when Ross Hunger signed me for my first picture 10 years and 20 pictures ago, 'Sandra Dee' was the name they gave me."
Ms. Dee was married to the singer Bobby Darin, who died in 1973 at the age of 37 and was the subject of the recent film "Beyond the Sea." They were divorced in 1967. Their son, Dodd Darin, chronicled their relationship in the 1994 book "Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee."
She is survived by her son, Dodd Darin of Malibu, Calif., and two granddaughters.
Back in high school, Wheezers Mike Murnin and Tom O'Brien were in the coed singing group "The Royal Blues" at US Grant High School, while Steve Lindstedt enjoyed the fun and frivolity of the whimiscal "Octet" the eight member all-boys group. Lindstedt informs us he still has his Octet vest (hanging in his closet) I guess just in case fellow Octet and musician Kurt Misar has an emergency singing engagement for eight 50 year olds. My better half picked up the new Pink Martini CD and as I was flipping through the innards, saw that The Royal Blues of US Grant sang back up on one of their numbers, "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love" You can check out Pink Martini's website at PinkMartini.com